Review: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael WolffMy rating: 4 of 5 stars By the grace of covfefe! I am done! Well...this was an interesting book to read. Yes, it probably lacks the regular fixin's of a biography, but it was quite enlightening to get an inside look at the cast of characters in the current presidency. If you are familiar with Star Trek's mirror universe...the way
Review: Con Mans Spectrum #0
Tuesday, Jan 30 2018 09:44 | Comic Book, Conman, crowdfunding, goodreads, review, Social Media, Social Networks, Spectrum
Con Mans Spectrum #0 by Alan TudykMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting comic which sets up the firefly-like universe of ConMan's fictional universe. Too bad that the story doesn't seem to progress past issue 1 (maybe do a spin-off? ;-) ) Maybe I should check out issue 1 on Amazon. Con Man is (was?) one of those crowdfunded mini series (now on the comicon channel on Amazon) that
Review: The Secret History of Star Wars
Wednesday, Jan 24 2018 10:40 | Books, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarWars
The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael KaminskiMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an interesting book to read. I am much more of a Star Trek person than a Star Wars person, but it was interesting to see how the sausage was made. The key question that came to mind as I was listening to all the revisionist history of this franchise is this: Who really owns (in an intellectual non-commercial
Review: To Mooc or Not to Mooc: How Can Online Learning Help to Build the Future of Higher Education?
Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 09:33 | Books, goodreads, MOOC, PhD, review, School, Social Media, Social Networks
To Mooc or Not to Mooc: How Can Online Learning Help to Build the Future of Higher Education? by Sarah PorterMy rating: 2 of 5 stars I've gone back and forth deciding whether to give this book 2 stars or 1 star. The book wasn't awful, but it was really not all that great. It is a very high level view of MOOCs, written partly as use-cases, and the audience tends to be university administration
Review: Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #5
Saturday, Jan 20 2018 09:30 | Books, Comic Book, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #5 by Scott TiptonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The six comic arc for this story was quite an interesting "pilot episode" for a Next Generation Mirror Universe crew. Picard starts from the Stargaze and...ummm...earns (?) his way onto commanding the I.S.S. Enterprise. This was an interesting glimpse into the Terran Empire at the time of the Next Generation, but it
what an odd recommendation...
Wednesday, Dec 27 2017 11:08 | algorithms, Books, Computing, goodreads, Humor, recommendation, Social Media, Social Networks
I was on GoodReads the other day updating my reading progress when I saw this bizarre book recommendation. I wonder if this is society's commentary on MOOCs :p
GoodReads: Year in Review
Tuesday, Dec 26 2017 09:45 | Academia, dissertation, Entertainment, goodreads, homework, PhD, School, Social Media, Social Networks, YearInReview
I was holding off on posting this just in case I finished another book before the new year, but it seems like I will need to spend this week actually doing some writing for the dissertation proposal (can't let all this fine reading go to waste!). On the one hand I am surprised at how much I read, and on the other hand I am not. This doesn't even include all the articles I read. I keep
Publons year in review
Today we're looking at my year in review at Publons (a site which helps you track the academic peer reviews you've done). This site is a little more interactive (you have to mouseOver in order to see some stats.. Here are some of the MouseOver stats:Total citations of reviewed manuscripts --> 3 (average for field 7.4)Total citations of authored manuscripts -->2 (average for field
Quora year in review
The year-in-review parade continues with Quora. I guess everyone can see that I am much more of a browser than an answer provider on quora, but I guess I answer limited times but put thought into it...Thank you, ApostolosThanks for being a part of Quora in 2017! Let's look at some of the ways you helped share and grow the world's knowledge this past year.Your 2017 Highlights44ANSWERSNEW FOLLOWERSYour
Review: Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses
Sunday, Dec 17 2017 01:30 | Academia, Books, goodreads, MOOC, PhD, review, Social Media, Social Networks
Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses by Steven D. KrauseMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was an interesting collection of essays by people (who I think) met through an xMOOC (EDCMOOC) and decided to put their experiences together. It was interesting to take a slice of MOOC history and read some initial reactions to this phenomenon. Although, calling EDCMOOC
Seems like today's news comes in the form of the demise of Storify - a tool that I don't often use, but many in my academic circle tend to love. The tool allows you to aggregate content from other social media sites, like facebook, twitter, instagram, the web (and more) and put those in collections called...Stories! I've used it a few times for conferences, but the last time I really used
I guess the year-in-review engines have started early this year for various social media platforms. Earlier today I got a link for my Year-in-Review for Pocket. What's odd is that because of various projects I've been working on I didn't think I did all that much reading on Pocket. I guess I did more reading than I thought I did...
Review: Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories
Saturday, Nov 18 2017 01:00 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Social Media, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames
Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was an interesting collection of short stories on video games. It is by no means comprehensive, but it was interesting to read nevertheless. It's a good, short, read for people interested in video games and how they impact (and are impacted by) society. I think this book spent a little too
Review: Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting book about the people and the company that brought you Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. As a kid I was introduced to these through shareware disks bought at the local Staples office store. It's interesting to hear what happened both before and after my introduction to
Review: The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building
Friday, Oct 20 2017 09:19 | audiobooks, Books, conlang, Defiance, goodreads, linguistics, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks
The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. PetersonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars While I don't see myself conlanging any time soon, this was quite a fun read (and a pretty good book if you are interested in linguistics but don't know where to start!) There were quite a few examples from Game of Thrones (which I guess is the most
Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1
Wednesday, Oct 4 2017 01:00 | Comic Book, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1 by Arnold DrakeMy rating: 2 of 5 stars As a piece of cultural history this was OK. Some interesting stories, but they read more like the off-brand Kirk, Spock, and McCoy... Perhaps think of them as Kork, Speck, and McKay of the series called "Star Blazing" and you're good to enjoy without feeling weird about "space esperanto" and going to a different
Review: E-Research Collaboration
Tuesday, Oct 3 2017 10:57 | Books, collaboration, PhD, research, review, Social Media, Social Networks
E-Research Collaboration by Murugan AnandarajanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting collection of works on collaboration (if my highlights are anything to go by). There were a few elements in this book that deserve attention in my literature review. The case studies that are presented don't help a ton in my contexts as they tend to be not related to the topic of collaboration as
Review: Collaboration and Networking in Education
Monday, Sep 25 2017 01:30 | Books, dissertation, PhD, research, review, Social Media, Social Networking
Collaboration and Networking in Education by Daniel MuijsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting book on collaboration in education. I was expecting it to focus more on the specific of collaboration, and less on the inter-organizational aspects. As such I found it to be a bit high level for my purposes. Still, this was an interesting book to read, even if I did end up skimming through sections
Audioboom: I guess the free ride is over :o
I was logging into audiobook today to setup some short welcome notes for a workshop I am facilitating this coming week when I saw the attached notice... I guess the free ride for Audioboom (formerly audioboo) is over. Luckily my workshop ends before the deadline for me to start paying, so here's to one last free ride...
Review: The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
Monday, Sep 18 2017 02:00 | Books, goodreads, hacking, Linux, Openness, openSource, PhD, research, review, School, Social Media, Social Networks
The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. RaymondMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting collection of essays on open source programming and culture. GoodReads tells me I've read this before, but I wonder if I just read the essay with the same name rather than the whole book (I didn't remember it, or perhaps I see it
Saturday, Sep 16 2017 11:24 | achievements, computer, Playstation, raptr, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Well, in a couple of weeks Raptr is pulling the plug on the video-game social network which originally aimed to bring together a more unified view of gamers by allowing people to track the amount of time they put into playing games, showing off their achievements outside of closed and platform-specific views, and bringing people who play similar games together. I actually liked this quite a
Review: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key
Friday, Sep 15 2017 11:11 | audiobooks, Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, Social Networks, StarTrek
Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key by Dayton WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was the third in the "legacies" trilogy that I started reading this past summer. Fun book. I wouldn't say that the TOS crew is "my" crew (was introduced to Star Trek with TNG), but it was a fun novel to listen to (audiobook format), and it does give a bit more background into "number 1" (Majel Barrett's character
Review: Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World
Monday, Sep 11 2017 01:30 | Books, collaboration, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Media, Social Networks
Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World by David ColemanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad read. The technology bit is a little outdated by this point. I think there is some good stuff here, if you ignore the technology. For a book that says that technology and process need to go hand-in-hand, it sure does focus on technology a
I saw this the other day on AxaMonitor's facebook page, a trolling post from TampAxanar (a humorous reaction to the Axanar debacle?). I did smile a bit at the well deserve ribbing of Alec Peters, but there is still a part of me that wants to see the damned thing produced.
Good Adds up?
I guess this is one of the new facebook things: Good adds up. I suppose it's a positive way to look at things. Some people in my timeline have gotten videos, I got a more static infographic page. Yes, it's all Greek to you😜
Review: The Butcher of Anderson Station
Saturday, May 13 2017 01:00 | Books, Entertainment, goodreads, review, Sci-Fi, Social Media, space, TheExpanse
The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite an interesting background story for Fred. I don't remember if I saw this on the TV show, I guess I need to rewatch. Sets up an interesting juxtaposition between Earth/Mars and the Belters, and provides some history for the Belters. View all my reviews
Review: Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning
Wednesday, Apr 5 2017 01:30 | Academia, Books, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks
Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning by Lone Dirckinck-HolmfeldMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked this particular book on Networked Learning. It provided a nice balance between theory and actual practice. I think I am addicted to this Networked Learning thing. I have a three more books on my to-read list on GoodReads, and I bookmarked the proceedings for
Five Star Review
A little humor from this weekend's SNL.The thing was pretty funny, but I really disliked the lack of attention to detail. Petros (πέτρος) is a Greek name, whereas if they were going for Russian - which I think they were based on the accent that the Uber driver had - the name should have been Piotr (Пётр).
Swarm year in review
Wednesday, Jan 4 2017 02:30 | review, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, travel, Work
Well, 2016 is done, and one more social media app sent me my comings and going from last year. This time around it was the Swarm app - formerly known as foursquare before the rebranding.It's not surprising that my most checked-in places are train stations (spent quite a lot of time in them last year, not just going to and from work, but also on our trip to Spain in October). It's
Facebook's year in Review
Figured out how to extricate this from facebook and upload it to YouTube.It's a little inaccurate (some old photos of me where tagged by someone, and I don't often post photos of myself on facebook, so that isn't as accurate as people who post a lot of Fb) - but it's fun to look at anyway. Και του χρόνου!
Publons Year end Review.
Monday, Dec 26 2016 02:00 | Academia, academics, journals, peerReview, scholar, Social Media, web 2.0
The other day Publons, a service in which people can get credit for performing peer reviews for academic journal articles, sent me a link to my year-end-review. Just like other year-end-reviews, I don't really treat it as a report card, but rather as a "huh!, ain't that interesting!". I think the old saying of you get out of something what you put into it is quite true with these
Something from class: social media in the past
For the past few weeks I've been facilitating a workshop on Social Media in Online Education. The following graphic in one of the participant's final presentations made me smile :-)
Connecting on Miitomo
Monday, Apr 25 2016 12:00 | Games, miitomo, nintendo, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, VideoGames
Seems like I haven't really found many friends and colleagues on Miitomo yet (maybe I am not the right demographic?) So, if you're reading this, try it out and connect ;-)
Saturday, Apr 9 2016 04:30 | Academia, elections, Facebook, Humor, politics, research, School, Social Media
This has been making the rounds on social media this week: a fictitious article mocking presidential candidate Donald Trump by writing an academic article in Trumpspeak. We've got the best data. Premium stuff! Pretty funny ;-)
I'm 88 eh? You don't say!
Wednesday, Mar 30 2016 03:00 | Entertainment, Facebook, Humor, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks
The other day I took one of those silly Facebook tests. You know, the ones that ask you some limited amount of questions and they tell you something about yourself (your ideal profession, your age, your brain capacity, when you're going to die - whatever). This is nothing new, I remember doing silly tests like these since I started surfing the web in 1995 (hey, remember the Spark, and their
Thursday, Mar 24 2016 09:47 | adieu, EdTech, elearning, Languages, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well...seems like LiveMocha is going away. The approach that I liked about LiveMocha was that it utilized social networking, and networks, for the purposes of language learning. So, me - being a native speaker of Greek and English, I could earn points by teaching others those languages and I could use those points to the in turn learn something new. It allowed someone to be
Study in school...or else!
Sunday, Jan 31 2016 03:30 | comics, Education, Facebook, Greek, higherEd, Humor, Social Media, Ελληνικά, χιούμορ
The other day in facebook this image came up in my timeline. It's in Greek, but basically the text translates as:Dad: If you don't study (hard) you will become like this guyHobo: I am professor!I guess regardless of the country, there are issues in higher education. In the US we have a high population of (low paid) adjuncts, and in Greece you have tenured folks making less than what adjuncts
Some creepy images on consumption and zombieism...courtesy of the folks I follow on facebook. Romero would approve ;-)Donald Trump during an election yearKeeping up with the...what now?
Star Wars characters as Calvin & Hobbes
Something found on social media recently, Brian Kesinger has drawn up some of the new Star Wars characters in Calvin & Hobbes style :-) Pretty cool for those who love C&H :-)
Star Wars Engineer
Wednesday, Jan 6 2016 05:30 | engineering, Facebook, Humor, physics, Sci-Fi, Social Media, StarWars, Video, youtube
Seems like this is one of the things that is popular this week on the internet: The Death Star Engineer giving a speech - or rather an explanation - of why his design was sound, and it was only because "magic space wizards" were involved that it blew up ;-) Pretty funny if you ask me :-)
iPod, I am your father!
Monday, Nov 30 2015 04:30 | Apple, audio, cassette, Facebook, Humor, iPod, Social Media, Social Networks, Technology
This seems a little dated these days, I mean...what "kids these days" will remember an iPod classic? ;-) That said, here's another find from stories from the facebook wall
Well...I guess it's time to bid adieu to TvTag :-/. This is a social television watching service that took over the old GetGlue once GetGlue was bought by i.TV. The concept behind GetGlue, and later on TvTag was that you could check into shows that you were watching, you would thus have an opportunity to see what your friends were watching, get some recommendations for television shows,
Tuesday, Jul 8 2014 13:45 | adieu, Google, School, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well, I guess Orkut's time came!This past weekend both my Google accounts (because for some reason I needed 2 Orkut accounts ;-) ), got a notice that Orkut was (finally) closing down. Back when Social Networks were new (or new to me), back in 2004, I had created social network accounts on a lot of networks. I was interested in comparing various functionalities and affordances of each platform so I
Ακόμα δεν υπάρχει μια λύση για το Google Reader.
Σε περίπου ένα μήνα, και όσο είμαι σε διακοπές, το Google Reader θα πάψει να λειτουργεί. Ακόμα δεν έχω βρει μια λύση που να μου αρέσει αρκετά. Ακόμα χρησιμοποιώ το Google Reader μέχρι να τα φτήσει, από το iPad με το Reeder και από το Nexus μου
Friday, Apr 25 2008 10:20 | #foveros, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Ελληνικά, Ούφ, Πληροφορική, Τεχνολογία
Άκουγα τις προάλλες ένα podcast από το metablogging.gr και είχαν ως καλεσμένους δύο τύπους από το zuni.gr. Έγινα μέλος στο κοινωνικό τους δίκτυο, δεν έχω φίλους επειδή πήγα κάπου αλλού πανεπιστήμιο, και δεν προσκάλεσα κανέναν φίλο επειδή